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The primary goal of the CTHB is to promote the health of trees native to South Africa through the use of biotechnology. To accomplish this, CTHB projects typically consider the pathogens and pests that are associated with native trees and woody hosts. The CTHB also explores the possible effects that factors such as climate change, society, natural forest health and plant genetics may have on the health of native woody resources and ecosystems.

The CTHB is hosted by the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria. Within FABI it is intimately linked to the Tree Protection Cooperative Programme (TPCP), a research programme that has a track record of more than two decades in dealing with the pests and diseases of commercially important forestry species.

The CTHB is structured as a virtual Centre of Excellence that conducts scientific research via a collaborative network, with the node of the network represented by researchers at UP. In addition to the UP group, this network involves researchers and their postgraduate students from other Higher Education Institutions in South Africa. These institutions include the Agricultural Research Council, University of Stellenbosch, University of Cape Town, University of the Witwatersrand, University of the Free State and Rhodes University.

New Publications

Swett CL, Porter B, Fourie G, Steenkamp ET, Gordon TR, Wingfield MJ. (2014) Association of the pitch canker pathogen Fusarium circinatum with grass hosts in commercial pine production areas of South Africa. Southern Forests: a Journal of Forest Science :1-6. 10.2989/20702620.2014.916087
Mbenoun M, de Beer ZW, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD, Roux J. (2014) Reconsidering species boundaries in the Ceratocystis paradoxa complex, including a new species from oil palm and cacao in Cameroon. Mycologia 106 10.3852/13-298
Schoch CL, Robbertse B, Robert V, Duong V, Cardinali G, Irinyi L, Meyer W, Nilsson RH, Hughes K, Miller AN, Kirk PM, Abarenkov K, Aime MC, Ariyawansa HA, Bidartondo M, Boekhout T, Buyck B, Cai Q, Chen LJ, Crespo A, Crous PW, Damm U, De Beer ZW, Dentinger BTM, Divakar PK, Dueñas M, Feau N, Fliegerova K, García MA, Griffith GW, Groenewald JZ, Groenewald M, Gryzenhout M, Guo L, Hambleton S, Hamelin R, Hansen K, Hofstetter V, Houbraken J, Hyde K, Johnston PR, Karunarathna SC, Kõljalg U, Kovács GM, Kraichak E, Krizsan K, Larssen K-H, Leavitt S, Letcher PM, Liimatainen K, Liu J-K, Lodge JD, Luangsa-ard JJ, Lumbsch HT, Maharachchikumbura SSN, Manamgoda D, Martín MP, Minnis A, Mulè G, Nakasone KK, Niskanen T, Olariaga I, Papp T, Petkovits T, Pino-Bodas R, Powell MJ, Raja HA, Redecker D, Seifert KA, Shrestha B, Stenroos S, Stielow B, Suh S-O, Tanaka K, Tedersoo L, Telleria MT, Udayanga D, Untereiner WA, Uribeondo JD, Vágvölgyi C, Visagie C, Walker DM, Weir BS, Weiß M, Wen-Ying Z, Wijayawardene NN, Wingfield MJ, et al. (2014) Finding needles in haystacks: linking scientific names, reference specimens and molecular data for Fungi. Database 2014:1-22. 10.1093/database/bau061
Van der Nest MA, Bihon W, De Vos L, Naidoo K, Roodt D, Rubagotti E, Slippers B, Steenkamp ET, Wilken PM, Wilson A, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD. (2014) Draft genome sequences of Diplodia sapinea, Ceratocystis manginecans, and Ceratocystis moniliformis. IMA Fungus 5(1):135-140. 10.5598/imafungus.2014.05.01.13 PDF

FABI Events

2014-07-24 08h30 Student Seminars FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Osmond Mlonyeni
Collins TanuiDifferential gene expression of Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliensis in planta and in vitro
Zelda PieterseFungal biodiversity associated with mesembs in the Namaqua National Park of the succulent Karoo biome
Edgar MangwendeSeeds as primary sources of infection of cultivated aromatic and medicinal herbs in South Africa
Stephen Taerum  -  Origin and diversity of the fungus Leptographium procerum associated with the red turpentine beetle in China
2014-07-25 18h00 SPOOF 2014 FABI seminar room
Theme: Circus Carnival
The annual meeting of the Society for the Presentation of Outrageous Findings (SPOOF). Have a look at the photo galleries of previous SPOOF meetings and see why you should not miss out on the funniest, craziest annual event in FABI!